Chip-in eagle helps Brooks Koepka win at TPC Scottsdale By Reuters

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Brooks Koepka used a chip-in eagle at No. 17 Sunday to rebound from five shots early in the final round and win his second title at the Waste Management (NYSE 🙂 Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona. Koepka shot a 6-under 65 to finish 19 under 265 and win by a shot over Xander Schauffele and South Korean Kyoung-Hoon Lee. Koepka, a four-time Major winner last won on the PGA Tour in 2019, contributed from 29 yards on the front right of the green at 17 to pull him out of a tie at the top of the standings with Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz. and in exclusive possession of the first position in 19 under. He added a pair at 18 to seal the victory as he began to distance himself from the hip and knee injuries that have plagued him since 2019. The eight-time PGA Tour winner won his first tournament at the 2015 Phoenix Open. The two-time winner the US Open and the PGA Championship, he missed three consecutive cuts before coming to Arizona. “I felt like he had been playing really well,” Koepka said on the NBC broadcast. “I loved the way he had been playing, even though I was missing cuts. It all came down to scoring. I felt like I was playing well all week and knocked on the door and was patient today.” Ortiz, Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker, 53, finished off two shots in a tie for fourth at 17-under. Schauffele and Spieth started Sunday tied for the lead. A group of three finished tied for seventh at 16 under par, including Andrew Putnam, Matthew NeSmith and Scottie Scheffler. Schauffele came within a shot of Koepka’s lead with a birdie on 16, but found water on his tee shot on the short par 4 of the 17th hole that led to a bogey that ended his chances of victory. He finished with a birdie at 18 for a par 71. “Something like that, yeah, that was something like that,” Schauffele said of his push into the water. “I really needed to hit that one on the green and make two putts to have at least one chance. That’s where my head was. I was quick and forced it.” Spieth also failed to get going on Sunday and shot 1-over-72, a day after he ruined TPC Scottsdale’s field by shooting 10-low. After a relatively docile front of nine that included a bogey and an eagle, Koepka began his attack with three consecutive birdies, starting with the 13th hole at par 5. His birdie at 15th saw him tie the lead at 17 under. Koepka played a safe tee shot at No. 17 away from the water on the left side of the green. He then bounced his chip off the green deck and rolled into the hole to elicit a roar from a small gallery of allowed fans on the course. “It was a humbling experience,” Koepka said of overcoming his injuries. “… I didn’t know if I’d ever be the same again. My (left) knee didn’t feel the same as my right. It was in some dark places, I’m not going to lie.” Justin Thomas went into contention after the third round on Saturday and was sitting four shots behind, but learned of the death of his grandfather Paul Thomas overnight. He shot 1-for-72 Sunday to finish off six shots behind and tie for 13th – Field-level averages

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